With the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year in June 2015 that granted same-sex couples the right to marry, many around the U.S. finally could receive recognition as legal partners, granting them rights such as hospital visitation, medical decision making, and joint-property ownership, to name a few.
After the historic ruling, many in the LGBTQIA – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual – community immediately exercised their right to marry, some at City Hall and others in mass weddings or more traditional ceremonies.
Irene and Alex Galindo-Cantu, who have been partners for 18 years, are one of those couples who finally got married one year ago. They reflected on their relationship, wedding day, and the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling with the Rivard Report.
This ruling’s one year anniversary comes on the heels of San Antonio Pride Festival and Parade, held Saturday at Crockett Park and along North St. Mary’s Street. But acts of violence like the Orlando mass shooting, the worst in U.S. history, are reminders that there is still a long road ahead for equality and acceptance for the LGBTQIA community.
For many, like Irene and Alex, this is a time of celebration and mourning.
Watch the video to hear Irene and Alex’s story and their hopes for a more equal and accepting society.
Top image: San Antonio celebrated at the 13th annual PRIDE Festival and Parade at Crockett Park and along North St. Mary’s Street. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.